Desmond O'Boyle

It was a windy second day at the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field. Many athletes have superstitions or rituals before they compete, and track is no different. KLCC’s Desmond O’Boyle went out in search of some of those stories and has this audio postcard.

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Oregon schools sent dozens of athletes to the NCAA Western Preliminaries in Arkansas over the weekend, hoping to qualify for the national championships happening in Eugene in less than two weeks.  Perennial track and field powerhouse, the University of Oregon, qualified 39 individuals for the finals – 20 women and 19 men.

Jes Burns

The #1 ranked University of Oregon softball team is hosting the NCAA Super Regional tournament this weekend.  In the opening game of the best-of-three series on Saturday, the Ducks defeated Minnesota 10 to 2 before a record crowd.  The Golden Gophers got on the board first with a two-hit, one run first inning, but then Oregon’s lead-off hitter Courtney Ceo homered to tie it up.

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It was a Civil War battle Wednesday night in the first round of the PAC-12 Tournament.  The number Ducks played the Beavers in Las Vegas, and the U of O walked away with the victory. 

Oregon and Oregon State had already met twice this season, with each team chalking a win.  The Ducks entered the PAC-12 Tournament with momentum though, having won their previous seven games.

Eugene gets to keep its Track Town USA title all the way to 2021. Earlier this week the University of Oregon and the NCAA reached a long term agreement to keep the Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field.

When any Championship event concludes, the NCAA conducts a survey of the student athletes who participated. The resounding feedback is the ability to compete in a crowded stadium with a knowledgeable fan base. UO Associate Athletic Director Vin Lannana says Hayward Field delivers that atmosphere to spectators and competitors.

Karen Richards

Do the men of Oregon have a shot at an NCAA cross-country title Saturday? A coach and an athlete say it's possible.

Eugene is known as Track Town USA for a reason. At the University of Oregon, 20 of the 21 NCAA sports titles have been from (indoor and outdoor) track and field and cross-country. Although they aren't favored, the Duck men's team *could add to that count Saturday. Head Coach Robert Johnson:

Two Oregon Basketball Players Suspended

Nov 5, 2013
University of Oregon

Two University of Oregon basketball players are being suspended for a yet-to-be decided number of games for violating NCAA rules. This could put a damper on the season opener for the #19-ranked men's team.

The U of O Athletic Department announced Tuesday that Sophomores Dominic Artis  and Ben Carter would be suspended for an undetermined number of games for selling team-issued clothing.  NCAA rules state that each will have to donate the value of the apparel to charity.